CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 955 vs 2310M

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PassMark and GeekBench

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Value

Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium 955

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 955

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.4 GHz vs 2.11 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 2310M

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Intel Core i3 2310M

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 105.63W 3.7x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 68.6 °C More than 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Feb, 2011 vs Dec, 2005 Release date over 5 years later
Significantly better performance per dollar 4.34 pt/$ vs 1.27 pt/$ Around 3.5x better performance per dollar
Better PassMark score 2,426 vs 927 More than 2.5x better PassMark score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,007 vs 822 Around 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better performance per watt 9.91 pt/W vs 1.76 pt/W Around 5.8x better performance per watt
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 3.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 3.7x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium 955 vs Core i3 2310M

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 955  vs
Core i3 2310M 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
BGA 1023
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 35W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 1.76 pt/W 9.91 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 28.44W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1

details

Pentium 955  vs
Core i3 2310M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 13 21
Operating temperature Unknown - 68.6°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.4 GHz 2.11 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.46 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.4 GHz 2.11 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Supports ECC No No
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